I recently got the opportunity and was able to decorate a model home. I wanted to share some tips so that you to can do this too. For years, I have had it on my professional bucket list to decorate a model home. It all started when my husband and I (when we were dating) would go to the “Parade of Homes”- aka model homes decorated to the nines. I loved walking through them and seeing the latest trends (before blogs!) and getting inspired. Homes with basketball courts and theaters and even indoor swimming pools- so fun to see (this was obviously before the recission)! I dreamed about decorating one and what fun things I would add. Well, a few weeks ago I made that dream a reality! I got a few emails asking how I was able to do this and some tips on how to become a decorator of a model home, so I thought I would answer that question here in the hope that it is helpful for you.
The background story–
I got my Interior Design degree in 2005 from FIDM. Since graduating I have mostly worked as a visual merchandiser (I make store showrooms look pretty to increase sales) for furniture stores.
How it happened–
One day a builder contacted the place I work to see if we could furnish their model home with our furniture. Since I am the only one on staff with Interior Design experience, I was the lucky one to get to decorate it. So pretty much, I was in the right place at the right time. Since I’ve worked at the same furniture company for years I have received requests again and again for decorating a model home. The truth is that furniture isn’t cheap so builders love partnering with furniture stores as a advertising partner. If you are interested in merchandising, a furniture store might be a great way for you to be able to decorate a model home.